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Be on Alert for People Posing as Utility Employees
There have been several reports lately of a burglar going around to North Oak Cliff homes posing as a utility company employee. The clipboard toting suspect in his 40s or 50s knocked on the door and asks questions, and then in one case asked the residents to evacuate the home so he could turn off their gas line. In the one case he was pretending to work for Oncor and the resident told him they were leaving soon, and he said he would come back. He did come back when they were gone and robbed their house. A legitimate employee would have had an Oncor or Atmos truck and he would have been in full uniform with a photo id badge showing the company logo.
There have also been reports of people posing as AT&T or Cable or security alarm company employees and asking inappropriate questions, most likely as a chance to determine if the house was worth robbing at a future date. The security alarm scammers offer a “free inspection” of your house to “show you” where you have security issues while they are finding your weak points and checking out your valuable so they can come back. These burglars and scam artist particularly pray on the elderly, but they can scam anyone. Legitimate employees will be wearing uniforms with the utility logo on them, and should always have a id badge showing their picture and the company logo and should be driving trucks marked clearly with the utility company brand logo.
Don’t be fooled, and please be extra cautious of any people coming to your door or walking door to door in your neighborhood. It is VERY rare for legitimate businesses to do this, and people soliciting for curb painting and other things have been known to come back and rob houses later on.
Please report all suspicious people to the Dallas Police by calling 911 immediately. If people call 911 we can get these people out of our neighborhood as the officer will respond and find the people, check id’s, etc. and either arrest them or get them out of our area for other reasons.
July Yard of the Month
Congratulations to the home at 2828 Marvin Ave. that was selected as Yard of the Month for July! They have a beautiful assortment of plants, shady trees and perfectly trimmed shrubs. Make sure to pass by, congratulate the neighbors on a job well done and take some ideas for your own landscaping! Well done!
Have you Joined or Renewed Your Membership to NOCUPP?
Wouldn’t it be great to have additional patrols through Kessler Plaza by uniformed, off-duty police officers, driving marked squad cars? We have the opportunity to do just that through our continued participation in the North Oak Cliff United Police Patrol (NOCUPP).
What is NOCUPP?
NOCUPP is a non-profit organization that manages the Expanded Neighborhood Patrol program in seven North Oak Cliff neighborhoods.
Why should I join NOCUPP?
As a NOCUPP subscriber, you do your part to reduce crime in our neighborhood. When you join, your name and information is provided to our NOCUPP police officers who use the information to learn who belongs at your home and when, and who doesn’t. Members can call patrolling officers directly using a dedicated cell phone number. NOCUPP officers respond within minutes when they are on duty. NOCUPP also provides alarm response, even if the home has had false alarms in the past.
We all know we live in one of the most beautiful areas of our city. By working together, we can help keep it one of the safest. If you are willing to commit to being a part of this program, please contact our KPNA NOCUPP representative, Nola Rae Smith at email@example.com or (214) 536-4640.
City of Dallas Twice-Weekly Watering
City of Dallas has implemented mandatory watering restrictions.
Irrigation of landscaped areas with hose-end
sprinklers or automatic irrigation systems is limited to no more than twice
per week according to the MANDATORY schedule. No watering is allowed on
Mondays, Tuesdays or Fridays and watering is prohibited between 10 a.m. and
6 p.m. on the allowed watering days. Drip irrigation, soaker hoses and
hand-watering are permitted on any day.
Please note the schedule below for allowed watering days based upon the last digit of
your street address.
The first violation of the restrictions will
result in a warning; subsequent violations could
mean fines of $250 to $2,000.
For additional information
including a list of FAQs, visit Save Dallas Water.
Next KPNA Meeting Scheduled for September 30, 2014
Plan now to attend the next meeting of the Kessler Plaza Neighborhood Association, on Tuesday, September 30, 2014. The meeting begins at 7:00 PM at the Preparing the Way Ministires, located at 2442 W. Jefferson Blvd. (corner of Jefferson and Franklin). The meeting will feature guest speakers, discussion about upcoming events, crime, etc. There will also be door prizes!
KPNA Officers for 2014
President - Ruben Avendaño
Vice President - Jay Orelup
Secretary - Erin Christopher Garza
Treasurer - Janet Avendaño
See it. Snap it. Send it. New Dallas 311 Mobile App Available
Keeping Dallas clean just got a lot easier. All you have to do is see a code violation, snap a picture and send it to City Hall via your smartphone – it’s that easy.
But first you need to download our NEW Dallas 311 mobile app from the Google Play store or the iTunes store. It’s going to allow you to report service requests on the go. The new app is free and easy to use. It literally takes no more than one minute to submit a service request via your smartphone or tablet.
Click here for more information.
Simple Steps to
Help Prevent Home Burglaries
Most residential burglaries are crimes of
opportunity. Criminals look for easy targets where the risk of detection is low. Chances are good you can lower the burglary
appeal at your home by improving security. The
more you do to keep your home from looking like an easy mark, the greater your chances of avoiding a break-in.
Click here for more information and some videos that highlight various home safety improvements that homeowners
can take to help prevent burglaries.
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